Friday, December 29, 2017

New Mexico Plate

A friend of mine is a voracious New Mexico motorcycle license plate collector. This is the newest design. If I still resided in NM I suspect I might see it as a little too “campy.” Not living in NM it now makes me pretty homesick... and hungry.

Thursday, December 28, 2017


This vintage business card so reminds me of something you might find in my paternal grandfather’s wallet.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


For anyone that ever wondered why I am an insomniac. Thank god I don't spend my time thinking about Volkswagen's though...

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

“Prince” Kenny

Kenny Roberts on his Yamaha 650 in a Trackmaster frame in early 1971.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Blown Slant 6

Offenhauser supports funky. I wonder how much power it makes. I think I’d still rather just have a 340 in my Valant/Dart/whatever.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vintage Motorcycles Stolen

Be on the lookout for stolen motorcycles belonging to local Seattle collector Brooke Barnes.

It sounds like the motorcycles were stolen by squatters so I’d expect to see someone try to flip them locally for cash. The KIRO story doesn’t provide a complete listing of the missing motorcycles but the 1939 Magnat-Debon shouldn’t be too difficult to spot.

P38 Sweater

For the aviation buff that has everything. I hope you have deep pockets too.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Doo Rag

Tired of that drawer full of run-of-the-mill HD bandannas? This Johnson Motors bandanna could be your answer. Or you could just stop being a dipshit and wear a helmet.

Monday, December 11, 2017

RIP Bruce Brown

Legendary motorcyclist and "action sport" filmmaker Bruce Brown just passed at 80 years old. In a day when kids couldn't just watch every race on cable TV or the Internet his movie On Any Sunday II first introduced me to motorcycle greatness. Both Bruce's surf and motorcycle movies were surprisingly entertaining even for those weird people that aren't into motorcycles. Bruce will be missed. Thankfully Bruce's son Dan Brown is helping to carry his father's legacy forward.

Keith Weesner

Cool bike. I bet she came into shop without the intention of getting caught up in something and had a white shirt on. It happens to me too. I’m not much a fan of skin grafts so all my work shirts just have shop stains...

Friday, December 8, 2017

Salt Scout

Jim Mosher’s twin engine Scout at Bonneville. Mike Breeding, if you happen to see this do you have any idea what sort of speeds it’s hitting?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


British Ironworks Brian drew this some time in the 70’s. Pretty awesome. There’s a lot to see there.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

1/4 Mile JOMO

1965 Plymouth Belvedere with a 426 wedge. Who the hell knew Johnson was a Mopar guy...

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Call

Hi George. It’s been a few days since I asked about the Norton.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wendover 1967

From the fine fellows at Frank & Grubb. Proof a picture is worth 1,000 words.

Back in the Gyronaut's day (1967), an as yet unidentified motorcycle crew sets its sights on a land speed record from inside the comfort of Wendover's best. Boris Murray (right) and Jim Cook (center) with Boris' wife looking on. Thanks to Bret Edwards for the ID! Still more photos from 1967 can be found in Hot Rod's Yearbook.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Smokey at Indy

From the mind of Smokey Yunick, testing for Indianapolis in 1964 with Bobby John. Smokey wasn't afraid to try anything.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

1928 Miller Indy

1928 was the first year Eddie Rickenbacker presided over the Indy 500. Leon Duray's stunning supercharged front wheel drive Miller dominated the first half of the race with a blistering 122 mph average lap. Sadly the car was later force out of the race with overheating problems.

I remember checking an Indy 500 book out of the school library in 2nd grade and starring at the 1928 page for days. If I was forced to pick a single most beautiful car of all time I'm pretty confident it would be a Miller.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017